1923–24 Torquay United F.C. season

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Torquay United
1923–24 season
Chairman England Charles Hore
Manager Wales Crad Evans
Southern League
Western Section
4th
FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying
Devon Professional Cup Semi Final
Top goalscorer League:
Billy Kellock (13)
All:
Billy Kellock (23)
Home colours

The 1923–24 Torquay United F.C. season was Torquay United's third season in competitive football and their second season in the Southern League. The season runs from 1 July 1923 to 30 June 1924.

Overview[edit]

Torquay's second season in the Southern League saw them transferred to the newly created Western Section. Although consisting of the same mix of professional and reserve sides as the old English Section, the new league now entailed several trips into Wales. United improved upon a satisfying first season in the Southern League by ending the season in 4th place, with the most notable performance of the campaign being an 8–0 thrashing of the Swindon Town Reserves on Boxing Day. The Magpies also had a busy FA Cup schedule, playing eight fixtures in all before finally being knocked out in a Fourth Qualifying Round replay with Third Division South side Aberdare Athletic.[1]

Much of United's success this season was due to some exciting new attacking players. Helping himself to 23 goals in all competitions was former Plymouth Argyle inside forward Billy Kellock, while Cornish centre forward Percy Varco scored six goals before being signed by First Division club Aston Villa for a £200 fee.[2]

Despite an impressive season, Torquay did not attempt to seek election to the Football League this year, deciding instead to focus their efforts on another successful season in the Southern League.[1]

League statistics[edit]

Southern League Western Section[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GAv Pts Promotion or relegation
1 Yeovil & Petters United (C) 34 25 3 6 71 30 2.36 53
2 Plymouth Argyle Reserves 34 21 5 8 74 37 2.00 47
3 Pontypridd 34 19 8 7 81 44 1.84 46
4 Torquay United 34 19 7 8 59 25 2.36 45
5 Bristol City Reserves 34 17 9 8 63 39 1.61 43
6 Swansea Town Reserves 34 19 5 10 62 38 1.63 43
7 Bristol Rovers Reserves 34 17 6 11 69 43 1.60 40
8 Cardiff City Reserves 34 15 4 15 55 31 1.77 34
9 Exeter City Reserves 34 11 11 12 48 47 1.02 33
10 Weymouth 34 15 3 16 48 60 0.80 33
11 Llanelly 34 14 5 15 47 62 0.75 33
12 Swindon Town Reserves 34 11 6 17 36 60 0.60 28
13 Bridgend Town 34 11 5 18 57 72 0.79 27
14 Newport County Reserves 34 10 7 17 57 78 0.73 27
15 Ebbw Vale 34 8 8 18 38 62 0.61 24
16 Bath City 34 6 9 19 32 71 0.45 21
17 Barry 34 6 7 21 36 74 0.48 19
18 Aberaman Athletic 34 6 4 24 41 87 0.47 16

Source: "RSSSF". Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal average.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted.

Results[edit]

Southern League Western Section[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

Main article: 1923–24 FA Cup

Devon Professional Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Edwards, Leigh; Gibbes, Jon; Lovis, John (1999). Torquay United, The Official Centenary History, 1899-1999. Yore Publications. ISBN 1-874427-38-0
  2. ^ Holgate, Mike (1999). Torquay United Football Club 1899-1999. Tempus Publishing. ISBN 0-7524-1814-9

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